Stress relievers to get you through the semester

By Kierstyn Wiley
On February 22, 2019

It’s only a few weeks into the spring semester and I already feel as though stress is taking over my life in all ways possible. 
My classes are a bit more challenging than I thought they would be, I work on and off campus and I don’t get to hang out with my friends and family as much as I want to.
Personally, to ease my stress, I enjoy meditating for two to three minutes and breathing deeply. This helps me collect my thoughts and realize that I have the power to change my life. It reminds me that I have it all under control.
Another stress reliever is to smell light scents, whether it’s candles or incense. Since it is hard to light candles on campus, my roommate and I use her essential oil diffuser to open our nasal passageways and calm down. 
I also recommend talking to friends or, most importantly, someone who impacts your life. My mom is a very nurturing person and listening to her advice and hearing the care in her voice always makes my day better.
Lastly, I believe that if an individual listens to soothing music, it will help them focus. Slow-paced instrumentals not only increase relaxation, but they lower the heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormones.
However you may cope with stress, it is always better to face your struggles and learn to do what you can to overcome them.

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